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The Most and Least Emotionally Aware Countries

By Dr. Travis Bradberry

Over the course of a day, you experience hundreds of different emotions. While that may sound like an unbelievable number, your emotions are the primary driver of your behavior; they are there whether you are aware of them or not.

The Gallup organization recently asked people around the globe whether they had experienced a set of ten different emotions on the previous day (five positive and five negative). The study’s results reported the percentage of people in each country who experienced all ten emotions. Since humans experience hundreds of emotions each day, you would expect someone who is emotionally aware to recognize that he or she had experienced the full range of emotions on any given day.

Far fewer people experienced the full range of emotions than you might expect. For the most emotionally aware country (the Philippines) only 60% of the population reported experiencing the full range. The least emotionally aware countries averaged just above half that. The following tables show the results from the top fifteen and bottom fifteen countries. At the end of this article, you will find the results for all 151 countries.

Most Emotionally Aware Countries
Country Percentage of Country’s Population*
Philippines 60
El Salvador 57
Bahrain 56
Oman 55
Colombia 55
Chile 54
Costa Rica 54
Canada 54
Guatemala 54
Bolivia 54
Ecuador 54
Dominican Republic 54
Peru 54
Nicaragua 54
United States 54
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.
Least Emotionally Aware Countries
Country Percentage of Country’s
Population*
Singapore 36
Georgia 37
Lithuania 37
Russia 38
Madagascar 38
Ukraine 38
Belarus 38
Kazakhstan 38
Nepal 38
Kyrgyzstan 38
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.

 

It's worth noting that the least emotionally aware country (Singapore) is the only country in the world to fully incorporate emotional intelligence skill development into its public schools. Making emotional intelligence education a priority in Singapore is a relatively recent development, so perhaps the country will climb the rankings in future Gallup polls.

It is no surprise that the United States does not top the list. TalentSmart studies have also shown US deficits in emotional intelligence in comparison to other countries. A good 46% of our population is severely lacking in emotional awareness according to the Gallup study. Self-awareness is a skill that can be cultivated with effort. Let us hope more people (and countries) rise to this challenge and increase their emotional awareness.

Country % of Country’s Population* Country % of Country’s Population*
Singapore 36 Congo Brazzaville 47
Georgia 37 Italy 47
Lithuania 37 Germany 47
Russia 38 Japan 47
Madagascar 38 Cameroon 47
Ukraine 38 Kenya 47
Belarus 38 Iran 47
Kazakhstan 38 Senegal 47
Nepal 38 Lesotho 48
Kyrgyzstan 38 Slovenia 48
Mongolia 39 Malaysia 48
Tajikistan 39 South Africa 48
Vietnam 40 Tunisia 48
Haiti 40 Lebanon 48
Azerbaijan 40 Egypt 48
Afghanistan 40 Guinea 48
Bulgaria 41 Sweden 49
Ivory Coast 41 United Kingdom 49
Turkmenistan 41 Greece 49
Somaliland region 41 Indonesia 49
South Korea 42 Netherlands 49
Benin 42 Switzerland 49
Latvia 42 Jordan 49
Moldova 42 Ghana 49
Rwanda 42 Syria 49
Bangladesh 42 Nigeria 50
Kosovo 42 Denmark 50
Burundi 42 Trinidad and Tobago 50
Burkina Faso 42 Thailand 50
Croatia 43 Israel 50
Libya 43 Jamaica 50
Estonia 43 Finland 50
Congo Kinshasa 43 Cambodia 50
Botswana 43 Mexico 50
Macedonia 44 Saudi Arabia 50
Mozambique 44 Kuwait 50
Liberia 44 Luxembourg 50
Armenia 44 Australia 50
Uzbekistan 44 Portugal 50
Czech Republic 44 Palestinian Territories 50
Serbia 44 Iraq 51
Comoros 44 Uruguay 51
Central African Republic 44 Ireland 51
Bosnia and Herzegovina 44 Mauritius 51
Gabon 44 Paraguay 51
India 44 Brazil 51
Yemen 45 Panama 51
Chad 45 New Zealand 52
Turkey 45 Swaziland 52
Djibouti 45 Venezuela 52
Sierra Leone 45 Angola 52
Morocco 45 Argentina 52
Algeria 45 Belgium 52
Niger 46 Malta 52
Montenegro 46 France 52
Hong Kong 46 United Arab Emirates 52
Zambia 46 Cyprus 52
Zimbabwe 46 Honduras 52
Romania 46 Qatar 53
China 46 Spain 53
Slovakia 46 United States 54
Mauritania 46 Nicaragua 54
Taiwan 46 Peru 54
Tanzania 46 Dominican Republic 54
Albania 46 Ecuador 54
Pakistan 46 Bolivia 54
Hungary 46 Guatemala 54
Malawi 46 Canada 54
Poland 46 Costa Rica 54
Laos 47 Chile 54
Mali 47 Colombia 55
Sudan 47 Oman 55
Austria 47 Bahrain 56
Togo 47 El Salvador 57
Sri Lanka 47 Philippines 60
Uganda 47      
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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